French film director Alain Cavalier was born not far from my own birthplace, in Loir-et-Cher (center of France). I don’t know if it’s the reason why I feel connected to him, even if I have only seen a few of his films. His last movie Pater was acclaimed by the critics at Festival de Cannes, and it’s well deserved. Unconventional and funny, Pater represents Alain Cavalier and actor Vincent Lindon playing the French President and his Prime minister, as kids would do cow-boys and Indians in the schoolyard. Based on a lot of meals scenes and conversations, power and politics appear in a new light - as if you only need of few signs of context, following the theory of the magic circle of Johan Huizinga – low voices and classy suits, to create the image of national greatness in a living room. At the same time, just by letting us see a representation of actual discussions dealing with justice and economics in intimacy, showing us how they can relate to the everyman beliefs, Alain Cavalier breaks the line that separates us from the people who rule the world. In this unexpected set-up and in what they make out of it stands an obvious source for humour and a bewildering experience.
The World Belongs to Daddy
Guillaume | July 24th, 2011